Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: Have You Ever Tried PickFu?

Hey writers, have you heard of PickFu? It's a marketing website where you can ask a question and get a quick response from targeted consumers. A couple of authors on one of my writers' loops have used it to test book covers and book titles and see which was more appealing.

For $20, you get 50 responses. I copied this from the general info page:

Complete the form below to start collecting crowd-sourced insight about your question.
Once you complete your order, PickFu will immediately poll 50 responders to answer your question and explain their choices.

Looks potentially interesting, especially if you're torn between covers (or anything, actually - characters' names or taglines or series' locations or...)

Has anyone out there used PickFu? I'd be interested in your thoughts, if so. And for you writers, it's one more potential site to check out on your writing and marketing journey!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Mentionables: How About Those Series?

Happy Monday! What's worth mentioning today? Well, I just got back some of my edits on my Cocktail Cruise novella series, and here are some questions for you:

When you read a series, do you prefer books that go in chronological order, one after the other?

Or do you like series that read concurrently; that is, it's the same time frame/experience told from different characters' points of view?

Does it matter to you how much story time elapses between books in a series?

And does it matter to you how much real time elapses between books released in a series? (I read an article recently by a woman who won't buy any book in a series until at least the first 3 are out. She wants to have them all available the minute she finishes reading the first, to go on to the next).

OK, chime in please! I'd love to know your thoughts!